My main reason for getting it out of our lives was Linnaeus. Despite the fact that we only had three or four channels with our rabbit ears, I still kept the thing on for hours a day & found myself staring blankly at somewhat lame cop dramas or three newscasts in one evening. Linnaeus was right there with me & at nearly a year old, he was starting to pay attention to the TV too. I'm sure you've probably read the guidelines on safe TV watching for kids--no screen time for under two years old & then limited to an hour a day for ages two to four. (source: Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines)
All that said, I'm not totally anti-television & I do follow a few TV series online. I find watching video online--mainly on YouTube--to be somehow easier to limit to small chunks of time. There's no schedule & we can watch what we want whenever, so I don't find we're planning our lives around a show.
I sometimes use YouTube playlists to keep Linnaeus occupied so I can have a shower or get dinner made. When we watch YouTube together, we usually view how-to videos & documentaries. There are a ton of channels that are quite high quality & even educational--I discover new ones all the time. So I thought I'd start profiling the ones I like here on Spokesmama every week or so.
So here's the first of my series, a review of The Simple Cooking Channel.
This one is a favourite of Linnaeus. He actually pretends to do cooking shows & uses some of the same phrases as this Australian vlogger here while he's making something. The Simple Cooking Channel is exactly what it says: vlogger Jason puts together easy dishes--mostly desserts--with very few ingredients. You won't find gourmet organic health food here, it's purely comfort foods & guilt snacks for one when you need to eat some feelings: ice cream, cakes decorated for the holidays, homemade versions of candy bars, desserts with just three or four ingredients, giant gummy bears.
The format of every episode is simple too--just Jason in his home kitchen with photos of his toddler stuck to his fridge in the background & then closeups of the ingredients as he puts it together. His trademark is his goofy effusiveness at the end where he tastes what he's made. Another thing I like about his videos is that they're totally kid-friendly--no 'bad' language--& the recipes are really very easy to do with children.
Check out The Simple Cooking channel on YouTube
Here's one of the recipes I have tried:
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